Evidence-based research is fundamental to gender equality in Europe

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As more women enter the labour market, the EU and Member States reaffirm their commitment to promoting gender equality and progress towards closing the gender pay and employment gaps. Ahead of International Women’s Day on 8 March we invite you to explore the issue of gender equality in depth, to read about the different areas in which gender equality is most urgently needed. Eurofound assists in the development of better social, employment and work-related policies for all EU citizens and those that call Europe home. Evidence-based research is a fundamental stepping-stone on this path to gender equality.

Eurofound implements a gender mainstreaming approach which is transversal to its research in the areas of working conditions, industrial relations, labour market change, quality of life and public services.

For instance, topics such as pay and income, care, employment participation, leave, skills and training, work organisation, working time and work–life balance, among others, are covered from a gender perspective across various strands of Eurofound’s work, in its pan-European surveys and regular reporting at national level.

  • A recent report by Eurofound on working time patterns for sustainable work examines, from a gender and life course perspective, the links between working time patterns, work–life balance and working time preferences, on the one hand, and workers’ health and well-being on the other.
  • Eurofound has carried out a study examining patterns of social mobility across the EU, looking at barriers to equal opportunities and policies to promote it. It analyses patterns of social mobility for men and women separately, underlining and highlighting the increasingly important gendered patterns of social mobility in different countries. 
  • A previous study on the gender employment gap explores the characteristics and consequences of gender gaps in labour market participation, as well as potential ways of closing these gaps.

Topic page: Gender equality
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ReportPay transparency in Europe: First experiences with gender pay reports and audits in four Member States
ReportWorking time patterns for sustainable work
Report: Social mobility in the EU
ReportThe gender employment gap: Challenges and solutions

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